HVACR Certified Technician

The HVACR Certified Technician program is a unique, all-inclusive online training that encompasses heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. The program is structured to provide an instruction on the skills necessary to installers and technicians who are seeking HVAC certification.

Who Should Attend

Those interested in getting started in an entry-level position in the HVACR industry, or those seeking continuing education for upgrading skills or becoming certified or licensed.

Certificate Completion

This program will prepare you to pass any of the following certification exams:

  • EPA 608 Refrigerant Handling Exam (EPA)
  • R-410A Refrigerant Handling Qualification
  • In this course specifically, card and certificate for refrigerant
  • Stage 1 Exams: HVAC Excellence Work Ready Exams or NATE Service Core (Your choice when it reaches the Excellence/Specialty point in the program)
  • Stage 2 Certification Exams: HVAC Excellence AC (specialty exam) or NATE AC Service Level (EPA specialty exam)
  • Exam vouchers will be included in your tuition. You’ll even receive help arranging a place and time for your exams, convenient to your geographic location.

Delivery Format

  • The entire program is offered online
  • Instructor-facilitated online courses
  • Start anytime during the quarter
  • Learn from the convenience of your home and at your pace

Course Information
Course No. GES 705
Units NC
Fee* $3,795

* Fees are subject to change


Training Time

265 hours, 12 months

expand I. 101 Fundamentals
  1. Introduction to the industry
  2. HVAC/R measurements
  3. Heat energy
  4. Pressure
  5. Gas works
  6. Air works
  7. Final Exam
expand II. 102 Safety
  1. Hazard communication Labels, Materials Safety Data Sheets, and Safety Training
  2. Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  3. Personal safety in confined space and ladders
  4. Electrical lockout/tagout
  5. Fire extinguishers and compressed gas safety
  6. Back protection and Scaffolds/Lifts, and Fall Protection
  7. Final Exam
expand III. 111 Electrical
  1. Introduction to the industry
  2. What is energy?
  3. Atomic theory
  4. Basic circuits
  5. Parallel Circuits
  6. Power
  7. Final Exam
expand IV. 112 Electrical
  1. Magnetism
  2. Alternating current
  3. Loads, Resistive, and Inductive
  4. Capacitors
  5. Impedance and power distribution
  6. Transformers
  7. Final Exam
expand V. 113 Electrical
  1. Control Methods, Temperature, and Pressure
  2. Residential Heat/cool Thermostats at Low voltage
  3. Really Good Relay Stuff
  4. Contractors go/Starters go with protection
  5. Power wiring
  6. Odds and ends around a schematic
  7. Final Exam
expand VI. 114 Electrical
  1. Basic Electric Motor Theory
  2. Open and Hermetic Motors
  3. Capacitor Motors
  4. Three-phase Motors
  5. The Application of Electric Motors
  6. Diagnosing and Replacing Electric Motors
  7. Final Exam
expand VII. 121 Systems Properties & Measurement
  1. Heat Energy and Comfort
  2. Properties of Air
  3. Psychrometrics
  4. Total Heat In Air
  5. Measuring a Heavy Invisible Moving Volume
  6. Air Flow Measurement
  7. Final Exam
expand VIII. 141 Refrigeration I
  1. Basic refrigeration cycle physics
  2. Compression and compressors
  3. Condensation and condensers
  4. Expansion and metering devices
  5. Evaporation and evaporators
  6. Measure the Normal cycle
  7. Final Exam
expand IX. 142 Refrigeration II
  1. Refrigerants
  2. Compressor accessories and applications
  3. Low side accessories and applications
  4. High side accessories and applications
  5. Piping system sizing and applications
  6. Capacity control methods
  7. Final Exam
expand X. 131 Oil Heat
  1. Characteristics of Fuel Oil and Priciples of Combustion
  2. Types and Construction of Oil Burners
  3. Oil Burner Anatomy (Part One)
  4. Oil Burner Anatomy (Part Two)
  5. Fuel Oil Tanks and Piping
  6. Complete Heating System
  7. Final Exam
expand XI. 133 Gas Heat
  1. Fuel Gas Composition
  2. Pressure Regulators, Burners, and Heat Exchangers
  3. Standing Pilot Systems
  4. Electronic Ignition
  5. High Efficiency Furnaces
  6. Troubleshooting Gas Burner Systems
  7. Final Exam
expand XII. 161 HVAC/R Boilers
  1. Boiler Fundamentals
  2. Classifying Boilers
  3. Combustion
  4. The Heat Exchanger
  5. Controlling energy Sources
  6. Boiler Accidents/Hazards
  7. Final Exam
expand XIII. 191 Hydronics
  1. System concept
  2. Materials and Tools
  3. Boilers
  4. Pumps
  5. Heat Transfer Units
  6. System Accessories
  7. Final Exam
expand XIV. 135 Heat Pumps
  1. What is a Heat Pump
  2. Heat Pump Installation and Quality Criteria
  3. The Heat Pump Cooling Mode
  4. The Heat Pump Heating Mode
  5. The Heat Pump Defrost Mode
  6. Heat Pump Components
  7. Heat Pump Troubleshooting
  8. Final Exam
expand XV. 151 HVAC/R Controls I
  1. Building and HVAC Systems
  2. Air Circulation and Air Quality
  3. Control System Characteristics
  4. Process Characteristics and Control Systems
  5. Control System Components
  6. Control System Categories
  7. Final Exam
expand XVI. 122 Systems II
  1. Heat Loads Introduction
  2. Conduction Loads
  3. Solar Gain
  4. Infiltration & Ventilation Loads
  5. Duct Loads
  6. Complete Heat Loads

Skill Sets

  • Learn the ins-and-outs of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration
  • Successfully complete the NATE OR HVAC Excellence Core Exam
  • Successfully complete the NATE OR HVAC Excellence AC Specialty Exam
  • Successfully complete the EPA 608 Type I, II, and III exams


This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. On a PC, it is compatible with Windows XP and later operating systems, IE 5.5 and later browsers, Firefox (all versions), Sea Monkey (all versions), and Netscape (all versions). On a Mac, it is compatible with Safari. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection, and an email account.

Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.